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11:25 PM ET, October 13, 2020


 Top News: 
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Insider Inc. is in talks to buy a controlling stake in newsletter startup Morning Brew, in a deal that values the company at $75M+  —  Startup Morning Brew has popular email newsletter on business and finance  —  Business Insider parent Insider Inc. is nearing a deal to acquire …
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
How The 1619 Project, a collection of provocative magazine articles about the ways slavery shaped our nation, helped fuel a culture war in an election year  —  One morning in mid-September, Nikole Hannah-Jones woke to a text message from a friend noting an unusual event on President Trump's schedule …
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
NYT Guild apologized on Sunday after denouncing an NYT column from Bret Stephens that said “the 1619 Project has failed”
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
DOJ has sued a former adviser of Melania Trump, claiming she breached an NDA by publishing a scathing book; one expert called the suit an abuse of DOJ resources  —  The Justice Department on Tuesday sued Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser and confidant of first lady Melania Trump …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
WordPress debuts a new tool that can take blog posts, including accompanying images and videos, and post them as Twitter threads automatically  —  Earlier this year, WordPress .com introduced an easier way to post your Twitter threads, also known as tweetstorms, to your blog with the introduction of “unroll” option for Twitter embeds.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
WaPo's new election modeling tool will help determine where votes remain uncounted and if election is too close to call, as outlets move away from calling races  —  The Washington Post has created a vote modeling tool that will help the newsroom determine with reasonable confidence if an election …
Stephanie Sengwe / The Streamable:
Netflix has stopped offering its 30-day free trial across all markets  —  It's either you're all in or you're all out with Netflix as the streaming giant has removed their free trial.  —  As first spotted by Phil Swann, the streamer is no longer giving users a chance to try the service for free.
Facebook announces a global policy banning anti-vaccination ads but will allow ads that advocate for legislation around vaccination policies  —  - Facebook said Tuesday it is launching a new global policy that bans ads that discourage people from getting vaccines.
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Bon Appétit relaunches its YouTube channel with a diverse slate of new chefs after several hosts quit over allegations of racial inequity  —  Bon Appétit relaunched its YouTube channel Tuesday with a diverse slate of new chef-hosts after months of turmoil and the exit …
Ashley Spinks / @ashleyinfloyd:
[Thread] A reporter who ran a one-person weekly newsroom in Virginia says she was fired for giving an interview about owner Lee Enterprises' job cuts  —  An update: I got fired today for doing this interview. Less than 24 hours before the Press goes to print. The paper is not finished, don't know how it will be. On a personal level: it's 3 days before my wedding, which my superiors knew. They couldn't even wait for next week. 1/x
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
How Dan Baum, a reporter who died last week, helped birth Media Twitter in 2009 by describing his experience working at New Yorker in a series of tweets
Andrew Morse / CNET:
Flipboard launches Curator Pro, which provides Flipboard Magazine creators with metrics like a 30-day history of most-opened stories and most-shared stories
Discussion: Flipboard and Adweek
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: USAGM has withheld ~$20M from OTF; emails show it's contacted OTF grantees to apply to work for a new agency called Office of Internet Freedom instead
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
AMC Theatres says existing cash resources would be “largely depleted” by the end of 2020 or early 2021 due to reduced movie slate and attendance, down 85% YoY
Emma Goldberg / New York Times:
Profile of The Babylon Bee, a conservative answer to The Onion, which initially mocked Trump but now finds itself with an “insatiable desire to own the libs”
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
How Netflix reinvented its marketing on social media through a series of accounts for Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and other subsets of its audience
 Earlier Picks: 
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Right-wing YouTuber Steven Crowder has made a comeback after demonetization last summer, gaining nearly 1M subs, showing the unevenness of YouTube's enforcement
Jim Roberts / The 74:
Former Cheddar EIC Jim Roberts has joined The 74, a nonprofit news site covering education in the US, as its new publisher and chief strategy officer
Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:
Google adds YouTube to its Google Ads attribution reporting and expands its data-driven attribution model to more advertisers
Discussion: Adweek, The Keyword and MediaPost
Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Disney announces a major reorg, says its “primary focus” for entertainment will be streaming, as the pandemic has dramatically impacted its theatrical business
Maria Arias / Axios:
WH Chief of Staff Mark Meadows refused to speak to reporters outside Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing after they requested that he keep his face mask on
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBCUniversal consolidates ad sales for its local stations and regional sports outlets under its ad-sales chief Linda Yaccarino